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Wolf  (v?lf), Hugo 1860-1903.
Austrian composer known for his musical settings of the poetry of Goethe and Italian and Spanish writers and for the opera Der Corregidor (1895).

wolf  (wlf)
n. pl. wolves (wlvz)
1.
a. Either of two carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, especially the gray wolf of northern regions, that typically live and hunt in hierarchical packs and prey on livestock and game animals.
b. The fur of such an animal.
c. Any of various similar or related mammals, such as the hyena.
2. The destructive larva of any of various moths, beetles, or flies.
3. One that is regarded as predatory, rapacious, and fierce.
4. Slang A man given to paying unwanted sexual attention to women.
5. Music
a. A harshness in some tones of a bowed stringed instrument produced by defective vibration.
b. Dissonance in perfect fifths on a keyboard instrument tuned to a system of unequal temperament.
tr.v. wolfed, wolf·ing, wolfs
To eat greedily or voraciously: The towns big shots were ... wolfing down the buffet (Ralph Ellison).
Idioms:
wolf at the door
Creditors or a creditor.
wolf in sheeps clothing
One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.

[Middle English, from Old English wulf; see wkwo- in Indo-European roots.]


wolf  /wlf/  n. wolves /wlvz/ 1 a wild, doglike animal that travels in groups: Wolves hunt deer. 2 infrml. an aggressive man intent on having sex with women: He is a wolf who spends his evenings chasing after women. 3 infrml. a wolf in sheeps clothing: an evil person who pretends to be good: He smiles and shakes everybodys hand, but hes a wolf in sheeps clothing. 4 infrml. to cry wolf: to pretend there is danger or trouble when there is not: Hes an alarmist who cries wolf all the time.
v. [T] to eat very fast: When he is very hungry, he wolfs down his food. wolf

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